Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
State University of New York at Brockport
Dr. Abraham joined SUNY – Brockport as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in June 2022. With three academic schools and 35 departments, the Division of Academic Affairs oversees the outreach, advocacy, and professional development of faculty to provide students with a high-quality education. Prior to his current position, he served Western Illinois University as acting and then Interim President from July 2019 through December 2020. His attention to student well-being and the needs of first-generation students led to the first increases in new freshman and new transfer enrollment in a decade and the highest retention rates in 15 years; he also increased graduate and online enrollment. He promoted a diversity agenda that increased enrollment of diverse students, closed the retention gap, and expanded diversity hiring for faculty and administration, leading to recognition as the 2021 Cathy O’Neill Couza Leadership in Diversity recipient. In July 2021, Dr. Abraham returned to his faculty role as Professor of Engineering & Technology. Dr. Abraham received his BS in chemical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, and his PhD from the University of Delaware. He has had an active research program in sustainable technologies, focusing on issues of sustainable energy and carbon capture. He is the author of over 75 refereed publications, has given more than 200 presentations, and generated over $15 million in externally funded grants, and serves as editor of the Encyclopedia of Sustainable Technologies and Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy. He is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Dr. Abraham and his wife Nancy were born and raised on Long Island. They have two adult children, Elizabeth, an avian biologist with a BS from the University of Delaware and currently working in central Florida, and Joshua, a mechanical engineer who earned his BS from SUNY-Buffalo and currently working in Washington, DC.